Treasure Island

Colleen Courtney

(10/13/65 / Massachusetts)

I Caught A Glimpse


I caught a glimpse of you today
Walking down my street
Skateboard under your arm
Long blond hair flopping over your eyes
And those baggy skater boy pants.

My breath caught in my throat
My heart stumbled over its beat
When I suddenly realized that
It couldn't be you after all.

First because you are no longer here
You are gone
Senselessly murdered for
A grand total of two thousand dollars
And a few grams of cocaine.

The second reason I remembered
That it couldn't be you
Was because when you were so brutally
Taken from this world
You were no longer that teenaged
Baggy jeaned skater boy
But a man of twenty eight

A man who maybe hadn't
Necessarily made the correct
Choices in life
But certainly didn't deserve to
Have your life taken in such a
Horrific and despicable manner
No person deserves that.

Despite the choices you chose
And the lifestyle you lived
The man I knew
Still had the innocent heart
Of that young skater boy
You showed me the kind side
Of your personality
Your sweetness and caring
Your love of life itself.

Although you have been gone
Many years now
I still think of you often
Your memory will
Forever remain within me.

I caught a glimpse of you today
Or so I thought......

Submitted: Saturday, May 03, 2014

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I wrote this tonight after catching a glimpses of a teen boy walking down my street with his skateboard. I really had to look twice for he so resembled an old friend who also was a skater boy in his teens. This is the story of what happened to him and how I found the goodness in his soul.

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  • Cheryl Griffith (7/12/2014 9:29:00 AM)

    This is more like a story rather than poetry. I it missing some required elements for poetry. There's pros poetry but, at least it should have a rhythm or meter. It can be a great short story though. Hope you don't mind my comment since I usually like your work. Perhaps you can review it, it doesn't have to rhyme but what about a beat?
    That would make it more enjoyable. (Report) Reply

  • Mandolyn ... (7/10/2014 11:53:00 AM)

    great ending and great story! skater boys... we all have those in our pasts. so sorry for your loss (Report) Reply

  • Harindhar Reddy (7/2/2014 10:05:00 AM)

    You have mastered the art of story telling poetic form. I really felt carried away by your feeling and felt gloomy for the you remembered. You are great writer poet. My favorite lines of poems runs below:

    Despite the choices you chose
    And the lifestyle you lived
    The man I knew
    Still had the innocent heart
    Of that young skater boy
    You showed me the kind side
    Of your personality
    Your sweetness and caring
    Your love of life itself. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (6/26/2014 1:03:00 PM)

    Another sad, but all too familiar a story - it happens too often these days. Good write Colleen. (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (6/25/2014 8:57:00 AM)

    It is so true, Colleen, some of us make wrong choices, but it does not make them bad people. All have a soft spot, somewhere deep inside a good heart. I think that each of us have both sides in us. If one is brutally murdered, it is sad, no matter what were the circumstances. I like the poem very much, it is truly touching. (Report) Reply

  • Star Girl (6/24/2014 10:35:00 AM)

    i'm sorry to hear about your friend, i can relate to such a situation and it's difficult to try and get through such a thing which is why i picked up writing poems.it helps to release all the pain in writing.good poes and tribute to your friend (Report) Reply

  • Kirti Gupta (6/24/2014 8:30:00 AM)

    Kept my attention. It's really sad to lose someone, like this! But your poem captured the sadness and void caused by his death in a manner that I was almost on the verge of crying! May you be blessed with strength. Keep writing. (Report) Reply

  • Chris Zachariou (6/22/2014 6:18:00 AM)

    I loved this poem. Tender and beautiful and so sad. When one loses someone special at a young age the pain never really goes away. It's there all the time living in your head and it surfaces at the slightest. I get all these feelings from your lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (6/20/2014 6:17:00 AM)

    Once again a Beautiful poem straight from your heart. You have portrayed each lines so well, that I read it twice.
    It's very true, it can happen.....Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (6/7/2014 10:45:00 PM)

    a very strong write up with a deep touch of pathos in it...you are a keen-observer, and such people feel life in various shades on their pulse! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (6/6/2014 11:00:00 AM)

    This is a really touching tribute to your friend, its a real guts exposing piece about a person, it really captured an honesty and tenderness for the subject matter that can only be achieved through real experience. Your friend comes out as a living human being in this so much that he seems to live within the words. I think we all have someone we've lost to the turbulent sea of life, but this was good, heartfelt in a very stream of conscious way, beautiful but painful. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (6/6/2014 10:59:00 AM)

    This is a really touching tribute to your friend, its a real guts exposing piece about a person, it really captured an honesty and tenderness for the subject matter that can only be achieved through real experience. Your friend comes out as a living human being in this so much that he seems to live within the words. I think we all have someone we've lost to the turbulent sea of life, but this was good, heartfelt in a very stream of conscious way, beautiful but painful. (Report) Reply

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